The Australian Council for Educational Leaders is a not-for-profit organisation that actively supports the development of educational leadership capabilities. In 2023 ACEL celebrated their 50th anniversary, and the national conference had the theme Celebrating 50 years: Learning from the past, leading for the future, with a conference program that aimed to strike a balance between honouring the past by distilling key lessons learned, and focussing on the future, by examining the complexities and possibilities that lie ahead. In this extended episode you will hear from many of the keynote speakers, panellists, session presenters, special guests and more, as we dive into some of the research, ideas, hopes, and challenges facing educational leaders in Australian today.
00:00 Opening Credits 00:33 Intro 02:06 Acknowledgement of Country – Tammy Baart 03:23 Conference Showcase Introduction 04:49 50 years of Educational Leadership – Frank Crowther 22:06 NextGen – Keira Willis & George Higgins 37:02 Virtuous Leadership – Viviane Robinson 55:05 Leading for Teacher Retention – Fiona Longmuir 01:15:52 Coaching as a way of leading – Chris Munro 01:31:41 FutureSchool – Introduction 01:33:30 Emmanuel Catholic College – Paul Watson & Ernie Ayala 01:53:40 Katherine High School – Conor Fennell 02:10:06 Meaningful Meetings – Hugh Gundlach 02:23:54 Walking Together – Tammy Baart 02:42:16 AI in Education – Lauren Sayer 02:59:06 Changing the Digital Narrative – Luke Springer 03:15:56 Connect & Converse – Tania Leach 03:31:14 Conference Host – Sarah Kanowski 03:41:25 Closing Reflections – Briony Scott
Creating an inclusive classroom environment that supports all learners is an ongoing challenge of teaching. Dr. Erin Leif and Dr. Russ Fox discuss the concept of neurodiversity, how it affects student learning, and what strategies teachers can put in place to support the needs of neurodivergent students in mainstream classrooms.
Main Feature: Karen Yager discusses teaching using concept based curriculum.
Regular Features: Kolber’s Corner – Steven reflects on why we don’t often promote teachers or teaching to the public; Ideology in Education, Tom Mahoney explores the ideooogy underpinning teacher workloads; Education in the News, Cameron discusses the recent federal budget, and the Price Waterhouse Coopers crisis as it may apply to education.
00:00 Opening Credits 01:31 Intro 04:22 Kolber’s Corner 12:19 Ideology in Education 23:09 Education in the News 42:32 Feature Introduction 45:50 Interview – Karen Yager 01:12:21 Sign Off
Main Feature: Ellen Koshland of the Australian Learning Lecture, and authors Chris Bonnor and Tom Greenwell discuss the recent report Choice and Fairness: a common framework for all Australian schools, which outlines a proposed model for funding Australkian schools that addresses the issues of equity and segregation that are identified as rivers of educational decline.
Regular Features: Kolber’s Corner, Steven Kolber invites teachers to consider their cultural backgroud and concepts of normalcy; Ideology in Education, Tom Mahoney considers the ideological foundation of the practices of standardisation in eucation.
Main Feature: Pat Norman discusses his Sublimes Analysis of the Gonski 2 policy, and explains the sublimes analysis approach to understanding ed policy.
Regular Features: Kolber’s Corner. Stephen discusses the separation of digital personal and professional lives; Ideology in Education, Tom Mahoney considers ways teachers can question the ideologies at work in ed policy; Education in the News, Fiona Longmuir provides insight and response to the federal government’s draft workforcfe strategy.
Timecodes: 00:00 Opening Credits 01:31 Intro 05:02 Kolber’s Corner 11:28 Ideology In Education 22:22 Education in the News 44:23 Feature Intro 45:36 Interview – Pat Norman 01:22:37 Patreon Shoutouts & Close
Main Features: Stephanie Wescott discusses her PhD research into teaching in a post-truth era, and the hegemonic nature of the ‘what works’ discourse in education; Adriano dio Prato and Dr Phil Cummins talk about their podcast, Change Makers.
Regular Features: Steven Kolber discusses read-aloud assessments in Kolber’s Korner; Tom Mahoney consideres the idological elements undeprinning the Productivity Commission’s Interim Report into Education.